Letter From Our State Director Carlos Fernández
The science is clear that we must act now to halt catastrophic climate change and biodiversity loss. What we do between now and 2030 will determine our future.
So much can occur in a single lifetime. Three-quarters of the carbon dioxide emissions driven by humans have occurred since 1950. We have seen a nearly 70% decline of birds, amphibians, mammals, fish and reptiles globally since just 1970.
While these changes to our planet have happened rapidly, we know that we also have the power to act quickly for positive change. Together, we can find a way to a brighter future.
I’m proud to share the following stories of how The Nature Conservancy’s work in Colorado is helping make that change. Our approach reflects decades of learning and refining, and the special role TNC can play side-by-side with partners, communities and decision-makers across the state.
We are leveraging our work to have broader impact, including through forest and fire management collaboratives and water projects in Southwest Colorado that will restore river flows for threatened fish and ecosystems. Through it all, we are building on our legacy of conservation and evolving and expanding our approach to better reflect the perspectives and needs of more Coloradans.
Although the challenges may seem daunting, we are increasing the speed and scale of our work to meet them. For example, through our Catalyst Fund, we supported six innovative projects in Colorado that led to new partnerships and big impacts—just in the first year of funding!
You are key to making this all happen. Your support powers our work to make a difference for people and nature. Thanks to you, we can continue to build the strategies and partnerships that create lasting change for Colorado.
We are working with key partners and stakeholders to accelerate renewable energy deployment while ensuring it aligns with conservation and community goals. Learn how we are accelerating renewable energy in Colorado
Southern High Plains
The Southern High Plains cover a staggering 71 million acres across five western states. In southeast Colorado, we advanced grassland conservation by protecting over 40,000 acres critical for connecting habitats and supporting community livelihoods. Discover one of the largest opportunities for grassland conservation in the U.S.
Collaborative efforts are gaining momentum to make progress for Denver to become a greener, more sustainable city. Explore our new tool to discover high priority areas of conservation in the metro Denver region
In southwest Colorado, The Nature Conservancy is working on conservation projects that bring people together to support ecosystem health and help bolster river resilience in this critical region of the Colorado River Basin. Learn how we are working together to find solutions throughout the basin